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Coffee with other moms, a new doctor, strep throat and small victories
Today was a good day, for me anyway. I was supposed to have a gathering at my place of some moms from Maya's class. But I had to cancel that because Maya has had a fever on and off since Sunday morning. On Sunday, her fever spiked to about 104F in the afternoon. !! Scared me, but it promptly came back down after some Children's Motrin and a nap (which shows you just how wiped out she was since she NEVER admits to being tired, let alone taking a nap). And that night, she slept through with no problems. I kept her home on Monday just to give her another day to recuperate. She was fine all Monday until about 5pm, when her fever spiked again to about 102F. So, I called Maya's Room Mom to talk about the gathering. They decided to go ahead and have it but meet at a coffee shop. I was so disappointed. And against all hope, I asked Chris if he could stay home with the kids while I went. I had been looking forward to having this gathering, and even if it wasn't at my place, to meet up with the other mothers. Sweetheart that he is, he realized how disappointed I was and promptly said yes to my request. Good thing too because Maya's fever went back up to 102.8F this morning at 5am. So, I figured I'd take her to the doctor after my meeting.

It turned out better this way because I got to really talk with the other moms without having to deal with Nadia. It was nice, we talked about what we were going to do for the teachers for the holidays (we're a bit late on that) and also for Teacher's Day (in May) and for the end of the year. Then we talked about schools for next year (we're all looking since the current school only goes to Kindergarten) and what we were doing for the holidays. I let it slip that I'm an enthusiastic scrapbooker and everyone agreed that I should be in charge of the end-of-the-year gifts (a small scrapbook for Miss Mac and a framed collage for Mrs. Flores). I was actually happy about it, as it will help me get more involved and get to know other people better. And also, some of the other moms now want to come over and see my scrapbooks and maybe even get together to do crafts. YAY!!

One of the girls in Maya's Thursday playgroup, her mother gave me a ride home afterwards. She asked me about how Maya was doing and if I was going to take her to the doctor. I said yes, but I was just going to take her to the foreign clinic since I still don't have a regular pediatrician (I don't think about it until I need to take them to the doctor!). Well, she told me about a friend who is a doctor and has offices really close to me and speaks really good English. She made a quick phone call and put Maya's name down for the afternoon. She showed me exactly where it was since we passed it on the way to my apartment! Well, now that I had an appointment of sorts there, I had to go.

After lunch, I got the girls all bundled up (that took me about 15 minutes, what with the thermal underwear, the gloves, the scarves, the hats and coats for each!) and we went out. I had to get money out first, so we headed down the hill to the ATM. Halfway down, the wind howling in our faces, Nadia stops and declares "I not walking a-more!" and plants her feet firmly in place. I didn't blame her, the wind was piercing and agonizing. I decided to forego the ATM here and hoped there was one by the doctor's office. Hailed a cab and got in.

Now here is where my small victory comes. I was able to navigate the cab driver all the way to the doctor's office - TOTALLY IN (broken) KOREAN!! YAY ME! I said, "Hannam-dong, Hannam-ogeori" which means "Hannam neighborhood, Hannam 5-way-intersection". The Hannam-ogeori is the major intersection in that neighborhood and everyone around here knows it. Even more amazing than me saying it in Korean was that the driver understood me perfectly and knew exactly where I wanted to go! As we get closer to the intersection, I said, "Hannam-ogeori, wen-juk-orow". Very broken Korean for "At the Hannam 5-way-intersection, take a left turn." As soon as he turned, I said, "Yogiso", which means "stop here". He pulled over right in front of the pediatrician's office. I paid him, we all got out and I felt relieved and quite proud of myself. :-)

We got in and thankfully there was an ATM on the first floor of the building! YAY! Got some money out in case our insurance didn't cover everything for the visit. Anyway, got the kids in, Maya was seen, Nadia was checked too just in case. Maya has a mild case of strep throat (would have gotten worse if we had waited longer). The doctor suggested giving her a flu shot, but waiting for Nadia to see if she catches the fever and strep from Maya. Maya was not happy about the shot, but she was ok right afterwards. After getting the prescription for the antibiotics, cough medicine and fever medicine, I go to pay. We now have Korean health insurance, so the total bill was 28,000 Won - about $28. $3 for the office visit and $25 for the flu shot (which isn't totally covered by the insurance since it is an elective shot). We walk across the street to the pharmacy and the three medications cost me the equivalent of $10. The office assistant in the doctor's office told me that without the health insurance, the visit would have been about $50. Glad we have insurance now!!

So, after getting the medicine, we head out to hail a taxi and I navigate us back home. Again, in all (broken) Korean.

Wow, maybe I am picking up Korean after all. I know that it is because of Maya's lessons that I am getting some words and phrases. I actually understood some people around me at the pharmacy when they asked how much things were and I kind of am getting numbers too. I'm feeling very good about myself today.

Now, to get Maya feeling better enough to go back to school (she has a Christmas play on Friday!) and to prevent the rest of us from getting sick as well.

One small victory at a time!

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From: gabbytheguy Date: December 13th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
It's great that you are getting to meet people and learn things...

Sometimes you have to jump in the deep end I guess. Maybe you should hail a few more taxis and see what you can learn from the cab drivers!!!

Hope Maya's better soon!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

I take taxis all the time, but until recently have resorted to just the name of the place I'm going and pointing at a map! No more of that for me if I can help it!

Maya's Korean classes have helped me in a roundabout way as I'm starting to be able to understand others sometimes (at least a word here or there) and that's giving me the confidence to start using them myself.
citrinia From: citrinia Date: December 13th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Go Priya! So glad you had such a good day! :D

Hope Maya feels better soon, strep is no fun!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!! Maya is feeling better today. Hopefully, she'll be back in school tomorrow.
From: dubbage42 Date: December 13th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so proud of you!!!
The language barrier must be one of the most daunting things about being over there. I couldn't imagine being completely immersed in a language/culture so different from my own. I think I could handle Spanish (in one of its forms or another) because it has permeated American culture so much already, but Korean?

You Are Awesome.

I hope Maya feels better soon (NOW!).

Deb
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :-D

I hate the mood swings I've been going through recently, but at least there are good days too!
co_techie From: co_techie Date: December 13th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kids always pick up languages so easily but I am really amazed when adults learn a language and use it on a daily basis .. so proud of you! :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm finally trying to make a decent effort. It is going a long way to brighten my outlook. :-)
sammykate From: sammykate Date: December 13th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad to hear that you are connecting with other moms there! And getting back to scrapbooking, too! I think that will make a big difference in how you feel about being there. (I know it has made a huge difference for me, here.)

Congratulations on your budding Korean language skills! I am so impressed! I remember going to a little mexican carry-out shortly after we moved to California. I was barely able to request "Rice and beans, please. 4 tortillas, please. Thank you." Hardly poetry, but I got what I requested - and they waited until I was gone to make fun of me - so I felt accomplished.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Sam! Connecting with the other moms and getting back to doing things that I love will really help me feel connected to the area.

And of course learning conversational / survival Korean will help immensely too!!
manda_kitty From: manda_kitty Date: December 13th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
strep throat stinks. glad shes feeling better though
eleme From: eleme Date: December 13th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY for you!!! *celebrates* I love those feelings of accomplishment and connection! I hope that you're able to keep talking to those moms and you get a chance to scrapbook more!

Hope Maya feels better soon!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Definitely getting back to crafts and things I love helps me feel better about myself. :-)
From: scarslet Date: December 14th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm tempted to learn Korean more than Japanese. I was told by someone to either learn Mandarin or Korean because the leading companies are coming out of there (for games, etc....which is true, look at GoPets).

I am so glad Maya is feeling a little better...*hugs patient GoMommy* You done good!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I've definitely heard that about Mandarin, and about Japanese too. Of course, Korean is good to learn for business as well. And from what I understand, easier than both Mandarin and Japanese.

Funny that I would say that, huh? I'm starting to be able to read some Hangul too, again because of Maya's classes.
meadowflower From: meadowflower Date: December 14th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
"Now here is where my small victory comes. I was able to navigate the cab driver all the way to the doctor's office - TOTALLY IN (broken) KOREAN!! YAY ME!"

CONGRATULATIONS! :D Isn't that a great feeling?
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 14th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
:-D

Definitely was proud of myself. And I was a much happier wife to come home to, I'm sure. LOL
minminminminnie From: minminminminnie Date: December 14th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
yay!

One reason my dad wants me to study abroad in Korea is that when you're immersed in it, you just pick it up faster. It was true when I went to Korea in 7th grade... I knew less than I know now and after 2-3 weeks, I knew more. Of course, after coming back to the states, it was gone.

Hopefully, after taking Korean in college, going to Korea this winter, going next summer, taking another Korean course and studying abroad, I'll finally be excellent at Korean rather than just being able to understand my mom, lol. Sometimes I wish my dad would speak to me in Korean, but he uses English so that his English will get better.

My dormmate in the summer had strep throat so bad that her skin was breaking out in rashes... the proteins in her body were breaking down quickly. Her doctor said that if she waited any longer, she would have been hospitalized. o_O

Hope everything goes well!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 15th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, being immersed in it defintely makes you HAVE to pick it up. I do tend to stay at home with the girls a lot though, especially in this cold weather. It will be cool if I do have some fluency in the language by next year at this time. Maybe that should be my New Year's Resolution!

Yikes about your dormmate! Thank goodness Maya's strep hasn't progressed to that!
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